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Understand Iceland

Selfoss, Iceland
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About Understand Iceland
Understand Iceland is a small tour operator that specializes in study abroad groups and all women's trips. We offer educational services to faculty and study abroad offices who wish to bring groups of students to Iceland. We also tailor make all women's trips to Iceland where women experience, learn and connect while experiencing Icelandic nature and culture.
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With so many incredible natural wonders, it can sometimes be tricky as an outsider to choose where to visit in Iceland. With this multi-day guided tour, benefit from having a guide to plan a comprehensive itinerary that teaches you about local life in Iceland. Along the way, enjoy an abundance of memorable activities, such as kayaking, horseback riding, glacier hiking, soaking in thermal pools, and plenty more surprises.
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Jenifer M wrote a review May 2022
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If you have the opportunity to take this tour with Herdís, DO NOT miss it! She is so knowledgeable about all the culture and local colour. Not only will you visit all the must-see sites, but she'll give you personalized recommendations and take you off the beaten path for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and meet-and-greets with friendly and exciting local folks, all woven together with her unique sense of humour and fun, fascinating storytelling. Ask about réttir and the Yule Lads – you will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Tom Keller wrote a review Oct 2021
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Understand Iceland’s tour led by Herdis was the best tour of my life. I have been on many tours. She is a warm, friendly, caring, and professional person who is a great story teller and connected well with me and my group. She has a passion for what she does, history, and does a great job personalizing the experience and giving the inside scoop on the feel and historical background of places and weaving in her personal experience and stories with a wonderful sense of humor. It felt like she was a friend and really was enjoying herself so I did too. I liked how she gave us her perspective on what it means to be an Icelander and how she would teach us words along with funny stories and how they are connected to the mindset and traditions of the country. It was a memorable experience and I felt always welcome and accommodated and comfortable and supported with spirit and genuine flare. This tour makes me want to come back and deepen my relationship with the land and the people. Thanks, Herdis!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Karen M wrote a review Jun 2020
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If you are looking for a memorable trip to Iceland, look no further than Herdis, of Understand Iceland. Herdis is a creative planner, on top of all the details and seamlessly adjusted the plan if weather interfered. Each day was well paced and a stand alone adventure to amazing locations in Iceland. The restaurants she selected served delicious food and were ready for us when our group of 18 women arrived. Add to this is the fact that she is a wonderful storyteller about all things Iceland.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sue K wrote a review Mar 2020
Wausau, Wisconsin12 contributions5 helpful votes
Herdis and I have collaborated on 6 tours together and she is a wonderful local guide. The trips are always filled with unique experiences that you cannot get by travelling by yourself or with a standard tour group. She adds great local cultural and historic stops along with adventure activities. These activities include riding Icelandic horses, hiking along the bird cliffs, fishing for cod, kayaking in a fjord and many more. The meals on our trips are outstanding - filled with local fish, lamb and traditional desserts! If you want to truly experience Iceland and not just feel like an ordinary tourist, book a tour with Herdis and Understand Iceland!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Nat W wrote a review Sep 2019
Singapore, Singapore123 contributions56 helpful votes
West Iceland was voted one of Lonely Planet’s best destinations. The Grabrok volcano crater with lunar like lava marks is a spectacular sight. One has to be fit to scale the 1.5 km hike up with most gradients at 45 degrees. Fortunately, the stair pathway was very well constructed. Thank God, we made it!👏
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Date of experience: August 2019
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